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  • Community Health reaches $20 million overbilling settlement

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One of Indiana's largest health and hospital networks reached a $20.3 million settlement with the federal government to resolve allegations of overbilling the Medicaid and Medicare programs for surgeries, the U.S. attorney announced Tuesday. Community Health Network, which operates eight hospitals in Indianapolis, Anderson...

  • Alabama prison inmate tests positive for tuberculosis

    ELMORE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Department of Corrections officials say an inmate at a facility in Elmore has been quarantined after testing positive for tuberculosis. Corrections spokesman Bob Horton told WSFA-TV on Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1LGxnRN ) an inmate at the Staton Correctional Facility tested positive for tuberculosis weeks ago and is...

  • What's next for California's contentious vaccine law

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a hotly contested California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in the wake of an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year. The following is a look at what the new law means for the nation's most populous state: ___ WHAT PROMPTED THE...

  • Former death row inmate died of rare salivary gland cancer

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A man who spent 30 years on Nebraska's death row for two cult murders died of a rare cancer in his salivary glands, according to a death certificate obtained Tuesday. A death certificate released to The Associated Press lists the cause of death for Michael Ryan as "metastatic carcinoma of parotid gland origin." Ryan died...

  • Senate advances bill publishing school's vaccination rates

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In an effort to tackle the high number of students using nonmedical waivers to opt out of vaccinations, Oregon Senators approved a measure Tuesday requiring all schools to publish their immunization rates and to break out the rates by disease. Data show 5.8 percent of the state's kindergarten students have opted out of one...

  • New laws taking effect Wednesday impact drivers, smokers

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana drivers only have to renew their licenses every six years beginning Wednesday, but they'll have to pay more when they buy a car or seek a copy of their driving record. Those changes are among the new state laws that take effect July 1, along with a new 50-cent-per-pack tax hike on cigarette smokers and...

  • Ex-Iowa egg farm manager gets probation after assisting feds

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa egg farm manager will avoid jail time after cooperating with investigators in a criminal prosecution stemming from a 2010 salmonella outbreak. U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett sentenced Tony Wasmund to four years of probation Tuesday after the government said he provided "substantial assistance" in the...

  • Scores of laws take effect with new budget year Wednesday

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A $10 billion budget and millions of dollars in new and expanded mental health care are among the wave of laws taking effect Wednesday. Nearly $20 million in additional mental health funding will become available when the new fiscal year begins July 1. That money will be used to expand mental health crisis intervention...

  • US appeals court upholds Virginia death sentence

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of a Virginia inmate who claims he can't be executed because he is intellectually disabled. In a unanimous ruling, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Alfredo Prieto failed to show that no reasonable juror would find him eligible for...

  • NC autism coverage mandate heading to House floor

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An effort to require North Carolina-regulated health insurance plans to cover autism diagnosis and treatment has cleared what appears to be one of its final hurdles with a House panel's passage. The House Insurance Committee voted Tuesday to recommend to the full House a Senate bill negotiated by several advocacy groups...

  • Wednesday ends long wait for medical marijuana patients

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Patients and their parents will head into Minnesota's first medical marijuana clinic in Minneapolis at midnight Tuesday, eager to get a potentially promising new medicine as soon as July 1 hits. The start to Minnesota's medical marijuana program Wednesday caps the race by the state's two manufacturers to grow and...

  • Patients plan to speak next week at sentencing of cancer doc

    DETROIT (AP) — The government says about two dozen patients or relatives of patients want to speak next week at the sentencing of a Detroit-area cancer doctor who gave expensive, unnecessary treatments to hundreds of people. The hearing for Dr. Farid (Fa-REED') Fata starts Monday and is expected to last at least a week in Detroit federal...

  • Liberia quarantines an area where new Ebola case appeared

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberian authorities on Tuesday quarantined two households after the corpse of a 17-year-old boy was found with Ebola, sparking fears the West African country could face another outbreak of the disease nearly two months after being declared Ebola-free. "Liberia has got a re-infection of Ebola," Tolbert Nyenswah, deputy...

  • North Dakota's emergency room on wheels aimed at disasters

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials on Tuesday unveiled a new self-contained emergency room on wheels that can be used during floods, tornadoes and other statewide disasters. The Mobile Medical Unit is 53-foot-long semitrailer converted into rolling hospital that can accommodate up to 16 patients, said Tim Wiedrich, chief of...

  • Complaint: Family detention can lead to psychological harm

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Detaining immigrant women and children who may have fled violence in their home country "creates or exacerbates" psychological trauma, according to a complaint filed Tuesday by immigrant rights groups with the Department of Homeland Security. The complaint asks for the agency's Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties to...

  • O say can you breathe? Fireworks pollute air, study says

    NEW YORK (AP) — July Fourth fireworks fill the skies across the nation with more than sparkling bursts of color. They spew pollution, too. A study of 315 locations around the country found that the holiday explosions temporarily boosted the levels of airborne microscopic particles that can pose a health risk. At 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on July 4,...

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